New Biddenham Country Park Sports Centre

Kempston Town will be playing at their new ground Kings Field

After months of negotiation, we can now reveal that Kings Field will be the permanent home of AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College. Along with our partners at Bedford Tigers RLFC, with whom we will share the facility, we have negotiated a very long term lease with Linden Homes & Bovis Homes, that will allow both clubs to flourish.

The development sits just on the edge of Biddenham, off the new bypass and alongside a lovely country park. The £2.8million complex boasts 6 changing rooms, 4 officials rooms, 2 locker rooms, kitchen, meeting room and a very spacious hall. Outside the building it boasts a large well lit car park with 148 spaces, a large cycle shelter plus 3 adult pitches and 2 junior pitches.

The facility will be run by a committee made up of members of both clubs, plus other members of the local community and the developers. This will allow the club to be run with transparency and integrity, and to help engage the local community and for them to feel a part of this great complex.

This will be the first time that Kempston Town has had its own home, and the club are relishing the opportunity to drive forward and achieve it’s goals. The players have been excited and eager, and it was fantastic to be able to play our first two games last weekend. We have lots of ambitions and targets for the coming years, and this will give us the opportunity to achieve those, and not be in the hands of other people.

We are currently in negotiations with several breweries who are very keen to be involved, and the proposal is that we will have a licensed bar in as soon as possible. We believe that this will be a fantastic venue for parties etc, and can’t wait to welcome you all into our new home.

We do have several sponsorship opportunities available, so if you are a local company, and would like to get involved, please drop me a line on the details below.

Regards

Gary Ingerson

Email: garyingerson627@virginmedia.com
Tel: 07800 864040

Last training day for Biddenham Youth Cricket 2017

The last training day for Biddenham Youth Cricket took place on the evening of Monday 17th July 2017 with various age category’s represented. There were many of this year’s junior membership of 90 along with their families present.  This number was up from 55 last year. The cricket field was full of various training activities taking place with busy coaches directing  Its not often you see such a busy playing field in Deep Spinney!

The weather was fantastic, hot and sunny, perfect cricket weather. It has been the same throughout most of the 2017 season.

At the finish all children were given a traditional pizza to celebrate the end  of season. Chris Spurgeon gave a presentation about the success of Biddenham youth cricket. He stated that this year’s success can be measured by the number of children participating and given the opportunity to play fixtures. All volunteers and supporting staff were thanked as cricket would not be possible without them. The Village of Biddenham can be justifiably proud of their cricket teams and club.

A number of fixtures still remain to be completed with the next one in Pavenham on 23 July 2017.

Some pictures of the celebration can be seen below:-

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Biddenham Cricket Club

St James’s Church Easter Cards 2017

Children from St James Church Sunday School participated in the ever popular Annual Easter Card competition which was held on the 26th February 2017. There were four winners from 27 submitted drawings. The Children drew pictures about what Easter means to them. Members of the Church congregation were then invited to vote for their favourite pictures.

The winning pictures will appear in the  official church Easter cards delivered to all residents living in Biddenham and Great Denham. A selection of the pictures can be viewed in the document below.

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Bedford Junior Parkrun

For all families with children in Biddenham, Bedford now has a Junior Park Run from 2017. it is located at Jubilee Park every Sunday morning at 9am.  It is a series of 2k runs for children aged between 4 and 14. Parents can run with their children but they will not be timed through the finishing gateway.

The Parkrun is free, safe and easy to take part in. If you are not a junior and wish to participate as an adult then please come along to the weekly Saturday parkrun events instead.

Registered park-runners do not need to register separately for the junior events. However, if you are not already registered with parkrun you can do so here.

We look forward to seeing you at the next junior parkrun!

Biddenham Website – Subscription service

We now have a subscription service on the website. The service is free and allows subscribers to be alerted every time a new news article appears on the website.

In order to receive this service you will need to register on a new widget which is located in the middle left side of the Home page.  See red highlighted image below:-

It would be great to see people actively use this website to obtain information about their community.
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Barton and Royle Homes Turvey – Almshouses Vacancy

I write on behalf of the Trustees of the Barton and Royle Homes in Turvey to both raise awareness of the existence of the Almshouse Charity and to advise of a current vacancy.

Barton and Royle Homes is situated on the outskirts of Turvey in Bedfordshire.  The accommodation provides a self-contained one bedroom bungalow designed for independent living and suitable for older single people or couples.  The complex has 26 bungalows, a Community Hall and a Guest Bungalow for friends and relatives.  Warden assistance is provided along with an emergency call system

Criteria
Older people capable of independent living and who were born in, or who are resident in, or in some way associated with the Borough of Bedford or the Parish of Turvey.

Contact Details
Lyn Davis, Clerk to the Trustees,  Telephone Number 01234 751460, email lynmdavis@btinternet.com

I should be grateful if you would share this information with anyone you may be aware of that is in need of housing and who may fit the criteria and or display this information anywhere you feel appropriate.

I have attached an Application Form along with some Further Information and history on Barton and Royle Homes.

Regards

Lyn Davis

Clerk to the Trustees, Barton and Royle Homes

Neighbourhood Watch in Biddenham – Volunteers needed

Neighbourhood Watch is one of the most effective crime reduction initiatives and its values are recognised by our partners, the Police, Fire & Rescue Service and the Borough and Parish Councils. It’s all about people getting together and actively having a positive impact on crime in their area.

More volunteer support is needed in Biddenham. For further information click the following link Neighbourhood Watch